Buju Banton Heads to Relatively Safer Miami Prison After Stay in Rough Texas Jailhouse

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The Jamaican consulate asked that Banton get better digs than the tough prison in Groesbeck, Texas.
Buju Banton has been on the move during the first few months of his ten-year sentence on federal drug charges. The iconic dancehall star went from Florida to Oklahoma to Texas, back to Oklahoma, and he'll soon be en route to the Federal Correctional Institution Miami, according to David Oscar Markus, Banton's attorney.
 
Plans to place Banton in a Mississippi prison fell through when authorities discovered that a codefendant in the case had already been assigned to the facility. Authorities then stowed Banton in a Federal Transfer Center in lovely Oklahoma City before moving him to a correctional institution in the dreadful-
sounding city of Groesbeck, Texas.
 
"He was at one of the worst places you can imagine -- a county facility that had been converted to house federal inmates," Markus said. "The place was used for short-stay Mexican nationals who were going to be deported. It was filled with Mexican gangs. Buju was one of very few black men in there. It was really violent."
 
A Tampa jury found Banton guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking offense, and using the wires to facilitate a drug-trafficking offense in February 2011, days after he won a Grammy for best reggae album.
 
Federal Judge James S. Moody Jr. later tossed the gun charge, given the fact that Banton had never met or spoken with James Mack, a codefendant from Georgia who brought the gun to the drug deal, which turned out to be a sting operation orchestrated by a government informant. Banton was hundreds of miles away, resting in his Tamarac duplex, when the bust occurred.
 
Both Judge Moody and the Jamaican consulate urged the Federal Bureau of Prisons to move Banton from the Texas facility.
 
"We're very appreciative that Judge Moody stood by his initial recommendation that Buju should be in Miami," Markus said. "And he made a point to comment that Buju is a peaceful person and shouldn't be housed in a violent facility."
 
Markus said he plans to file an appellate brief with the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta later next month.


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14 comments
Golden_dread_locs
Golden_dread_locs

I am happy to know he is out of harm’s way like being in a Texas prison with those Mexican gang members. They are some of the most violent people of this generation of Babylon. If one has to do time it better to be somewhere you can be somewhat safe, taking we talking about prison. 

shawn campbell
shawn campbell

H.I.M will judge all now and in that day, so say what you say. Buju blessing will surround you all the days of your life. Heathens will fall and stay down but the Righteous will be lifted up forever.

Bix
Bix

Boom bye bye inna Buju banton's head

Tema Nyang
Tema Nyang

These Babylonians wanna finnish Buju! Leave Buju alone and go away, Buju hasn't taken any life like you babylonians have done b4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LEAVE BUJU ALONE!

Hameedlamar
Hameedlamar

Still filling prisons with non-violent offenders. Thanks uncle sam for adding to our american debt with this fake ass non-working war on drugs. 10 years for drugs, yet my bro-in laws killer only got 1 year more. Wow what a wonderful country.

Dr Z
Dr Z

That firearm charge was tossed out. The sentence was for only two charges.

Ron Jm
Ron Jm

bust somebody and he was at home...lol what  a joke.

bigriggs
bigriggs

I thought prison was supposed to be difficult and uncomfortable.

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